Virginia Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax (D) insists that he will not resign over the two sexual assault allegations against him, but says that “everyone deserves to be heard,” according to a Monday Washington Post report.
“Even in the most difficult times, including ones like these, that’s when it’s most important to adhere to our highest values as Americans,” Fairfax told the Post. “And due process is at the heart of our constitutional democracy in order to get to the truth and be true to what we are as Americans.”
“Everyone deserves to be heard,” he continued. “Even when faced with those allegations, I am still standing up for everyone’s right to be heard. But I’m also standing up for due process.”
“I did not sexually assault Meredith Watson, Vanessa Tyson or anyone else, and the truth will help to confirm that statement,” he added. “And we’re looking forward to these independent investigations to get at the truth.”
Tyson and Watson both say that Fairfax assaulted them in the 2000s, the former at the Democratic National Convention and the latter when they were undergraduates at Duke University.
Per the Post, House Democrats in Virginia have slowed down the process of impeachment, due to the complicating fact that Fairfax was not lieutenant governor when the alleged assaults occurred.